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Published: November 9, 2008

Boston guard Ray Allen

Playing in the NBA is a childhood dream. To be the last team standing, all of us had our dreams realized last June. We got that great taste in our mouths, and look forward to having that feeling again. But nothing is promised. We have to put in the same amount of work to get back to that same point.

The bigger picture takes care of itself. There’s no question we want to win again. Coming into this year nothing changed. Everything is situated around the following year. Everyone worked hard in the off-season. We’ve talked about small, little things, playing defense and making each other better.

My dad was in the military. We lived at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma for a couple of years.

In the seventh grade, playing for the Edwards Air Force Base Falcons, we won a summer league tournament in California. They were naming the all-tournament team. One of my teammates really wanted to be picked so badly. I told him, "It’s your time.” He didn’t get picked. It didn’t matter to me. I felt bad for him. It taught me basketball is a team sport. That’s why I’ve never cared much about individual awards.